2021 Chinese Lunar New Year Message
Dr Xu Jie,Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane

As the Chinese Lunar New Year, Year of the Ox, is approaching, I wish to,on behalf of Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane, extend our festival greetings to you all. I would also like to extend our best wishes to all those who care about and support China-Australia and China-Queensland friendship. 


2020 has been a most extraordinary year. In the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the increasingly complex external environment, the Chinese people, under the strong leadership of the CPC, have written the epic of fighting the epidemic with great spirit of unity and perseverance. China took the lead in controlling the epidemic and resuming production and daily life. Chinese consumption has recovered steadily, people's livelihood has continued to improve, and major breakthroughs have been made in technological development. China's GDP has reached a new level of one hundred trillion RMB, becoming the only major economy in the world that has achieved positive economic growth.


In 2020, China has made historic achievements in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and achieved decisive victory in the battle against poverty. China has completed the task of poverty alleviation in the new era as scheduled, historically solved the absolute poverty problem that has plagued the Chinese nation for thousands of years, completed the United Nations 2030 poverty reduction goal 10 years ahead of schedule, and has contributed up to 70% of the world's poverty reduction. All these forged a "Chinese miracle" in the human history of poverty reduction.


In 2020, China's reform and opening up accelerated in an all-round way, and win-win cooperation broke new ground. We introduced the overall plan for the construction of the Hainan Free Trade Port, launched a series of reforms and opening-up measures in Shenzhen and Pudong, successfully hosted the China International Fair for Trade in Services, the third China International Import Expo (CIIE), signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement(RCEP), completed the China-EU investment agreement negotiations, promoted high-quality joint construction of the "Belt and Road". All of these have injected impetus and confidence for the recovery of world economy.


In 2020, the destinies of China and the people of other countries are closely linked, and we share weal and woe. In the spirit of being open, transparent, scientific, and responsible, China was the first to report the epidemic to the world, and released key information such as virus gene sequences as early as possible. In close cooperation with the WHO and the international community, China has carried out the largest emergency humanitarian operation in history, provided assistance to more than 150 countries and 13 international organizations, and jointly gathered the mighty power of the globe to fight against the pandemic.


2021 will be an extremely important year for China. We will solemnly celebrate the centenary of the Communist Party of China, fully implement the 14th Five-Year Plan, and start a new journey toward building a modern socialist country in an all-round way. As China enters a new development stage, we will accelerate the construction of a new development pattern with domestic circulation as the mainstay and the domestic and international circulation reinforcing each other. China will continue to work with other countries for an early victory in the fight against the pandemic, to promote global economic recovery and development and to advance the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.


China and Australia are both major countries in the Asia-Pacific region. A healthy and stable China-Australia relationship conforms to the fundamental interests of the two countries and our peoples, and is also conducive to regional prosperity and stability. It is hoped that Australia and China will, in the spirit of mutual trust and mutual benefit, meet each other halfway and jointly promote the development of China-Australia relations on the right track.


The relationship between China and Queensland is an important part of China-Australia relations. With the joint efforts of both sides, China-Queensland relations have maintained healthy and stable development. China remains Queensland's largest trading partner. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Queensland's exports to China accounted for 36.1% of Queensland's total exports. Since the outbreak of pandemic, China and Queensland have sympathized with and supported each other and actively carried out cooperation in pandemic prevention. Both sides attach great importance to the development of friendly relations and are full of expectations for continued deepening of practical cooperation.


Overseas Chinese in Queensland have made positive contributions to the economic, social and multicultural development of Australia and Queensland, and they are an important bridge and link for friendly exchanges between China and Australia, and China and Queensland. We will never forget the support and assistance provided by the vast numbers of overseas Chinese, Chinese-funded institutions and Chinese students in Queensland during the most difficult time of fighting against the pandemic. After the outbreak in Queensland, everyone stood together through thick and thin, actively participated in and supported the local fight against the pandemic, demonstrating the good character of the Chinese community.


The pandemic is not over yet, and the fight against the pandemic continues. I believe that the overseas Chinese in Queensland will continue to do a good job in the prevention and control of the pandemic, and to play a positive role in promoting the development of China-Australia and China-Queensland relations. In the new year, the Consulate General will adhere to the people-centered approach, strive to provide a better service, and work with all of you to overcome the difficulties of the time.


As the Chinese Lunar New Year is around the corner, let us wish the great